Mixed news around the royal court of Europe for the month of December. While one Kingdom was shrouded with grief for the passing of their former Queen Consort, another principality is rejoicing for the birth of two royal children.
Princess Catharina-Amalia, the Hereditary Princess of Orange, celebrated her 11th birthday last December 7. She is the future Queen of the Netherlands as the heir-apparent of her father, King Wilhelm-Alexander. Her mother is an Argentinian born former investment banker, Maxima. The future Queen has two younger sisters, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariana.
Hi Serene Highness, Albert, the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, welcomed his heirs yesterday, December 12, as his wife, Princess Charlene, gave birth to fraternal twins, Princess Gabriella, and Prince Jacques, at the Princess Grace hospital in Monaco.
Princess Gabriella was born one minute ahead of her brother, Prince Jacques, but Monaco is still embracing the male-preference primogeniture succession, thus, she will only be second in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne after his brother.
Belgium is morning the date of their former Queen Consort, Fabiola, who died last December 6, 2014 at the age of 86. No cause of death had been revealed to the press but the public speculated poor health might be the caused of death of the former Queen.
Fabiola, who was born a Spanish aristocrat, was the wife of King Boudouin of Belgium who died in 1993 of heart attack. She had been Queen Consort from 1960 to 1993, she and the King had no children as all her pregnancies ended up in miscarriages, thus, Boudouin was succeeded by his younger brother, King Albert, to the throne. Albert abdicated in 2013 in favor of his son, Philippe, the reigning King of the Belgians.